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The Brain Chemistry of Addiction

Many people don’t understand addiction. They think it’s a choice or a weakness when it’s a disease. And like any disease, it has symptoms and underlying causes. This post will explore the brain chemistry of addiction: how it starts, progresses, and can be treated with addiction therapy programs.Addiction and the BrainAddiction is a brain disease. …

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Adderall Abuse Can Lead to a Heart Attack

For people with attention disorders, Adderall can provide significant relief. The drug helps people focus and direct their energy into productive activities. However, many people abuse the drug as a study aid or for its perceived energetic effects. When someone begins abusing Adderall, they take it against prescription directions or even without a prescription. After …

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The Evolution of Addiction Treatment

The evolution of addiction treatment programs has been drastic. Decades ago, people struggling with addiction were believed to be morally degenerate, and the process of “treating” their addiction often amounted to little more than torture. Until research showed that addiction was a treatable disease of the brain, many people were also given prison sentences or …

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The Challenge of Balancing Pain Management and Addiction

While treating pain is essential to medicine, it is important to be aware of the dangers of patients becoming addicted. The most frequently used medicines for treating moderate, severe, and chronic pain are opioids, which are highly addictive. Millions of people have fallen victim to one or more of these drugs, and the number continues …

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Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety and Alcoholism

Millions of Americans suffer from social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Both of these disorders make it much more likely for people to struggle with alcohol addiction. Anxiety and addiction are both serious mental health disorders that can have a profound impact on a person’s life. The relationship between anxiety disorders and alcohol is …

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Rebuilding Relationships Damaged by Addiction

Addiction is one of the most common culprits of suffering relationships. While you cannot spend the rest of your life feeling bad about your past actions, it is important to recognize that your relationships may have been badly damaged by your substance abuse disorder. In recovery, you must make amends to the people you have harmed. …

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Negative Outlook on Past Can Increase Risk for Substance Abuse

If you have a negative perspective of the past, you may be at a higher risk for substance abuse disorder. Individuals with a more positive outlook on their past are more likely to stay away from substances.It’s important to address any negative feelings you have about your past as part of your recovery from substance …

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The Challenges of the First Year Sober

If you have relied on alcohol or drugs for any length of time to escape from reality or to relieve bad feelings, learning to live sober can be very challenging. The intense symptoms of withdrawal from substance use disorder are only the beginning. Although you may wish you could just get through detox and then live happily ever after, …

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